Faustino Conde (Sobrinos de Domingo Esteso) “Flamenca Negra” 1972 – the holy grail of flamenco guitars. This guitar belonged to Nino Miguel.
In 1972 Conde made 3 flamenco guitars with a shorter scale, deeper sides and rosewood back and sides. One was given to Paco de Lucia, one to Manolo Sanlucar and one to Nino Miguel. This guitar is the one which was owned and played by Nino Miguel.
Conde Hermanos are not simply guitar builders like others, no, they have probably written flamenco history like no one else. The three brothers Faustino, Julio and Mariano started to build guitars for Domingo Esteso. He was the great master, head and trainer in their early years.
After the death of Esteso the three brothers started little by little to built instruments in their own style. First with the label Sobrinos de Domingo Esteso, but in the beginning of the 60s, it was not easy to make a living by selling flamenco guitars.
When the young Paco de Lucia finally became aware of Conde at the end of the 60s beginning of the 70s – he had previously played Ramirez – they had created their own type of guitar, with incredibly strong basses and singing trebles – simply brilliant flamenco guitars.
Paco was seen from then on almost exclusively with Conde, which naturally found its imitators due to the popularity of Paco. In the old TV recordings of the 70s there is almost no guitarist who didn’t play Conde.
Faustino Conde, who is considered to be in charge of the construction of the old Condes, has written flamenco history.
This legend of the Condes has remained to this day.
This guitar was made with the best materials, the finest craftsmanship (by the master Faustino Conde himself) and the most beautiful features – it has a shorter scale (635 mm), deeper sides (100 mm upper bout – 110 mm lower bout) and beautiful rosewood back and sides. The top is made of fine cedar and the nut width is 54 mm.
The guitar offers an absolutely furious sound. Just as you know it from the recordings of the masters. It leaves no wishes unfulfilled. Absolutely powerful and dynamic in sound, it is a pleasure for the player and listener at the same time.
It is well adjusted and it gives the feeling that the guitar plays by itself. Perfect action, straight neck. The guitar comes with the original case.
The condition is very good. It has been expertly refinished and the bridge has been transformed to a 12 hole system, which gives the strings quite some extra power.